The Mothership descended for a visit yesterday and I’d been meaning to try this recipe from Epicurious for ages.

I made it just as outlined, so won’t replicate it here, but instead of serving with lettuce and herbs, made a cucumber, herb and peanut salad. (Confession time: For the carbs, I made two packs of ramen noodles because we all love them.)


Cucumber and peanut salad

Serves 2-3 as a side

Cooking time: 15 minutes



  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups of crisp lettuce (I used one Little Gem), shredded
  • 1 generous cup of herbs (I used coriander with a few sprigs of mint; basil or thai basil would also work)
  • Half a cup of peanuts



Halve the cucumber lengthways. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and discard. Chop the cucumber into little half moons, about half a centimetre thick.

Shred the lettuce.

Chop the herbs roughly.

Take the peanuts and crush them roughly. (I like to put them in the middle of a clean tea towel, fold it over, then bash them with a rolling pin. It’s extremely satisfying and tends to end up with slightly more uniform pieces. Obviously, a pestle and mortar would also work well.)

This quantity made a *very* generous lunch for three, but thankfully Ted was one of us, so could help us finish it and tragedy was averted. If I were making this for dinner (which I shall), it’d do the two of us plus enough for at least one lunch, if I can pack away the patties before he finds and devours them all.

It’s delicious, quick and easy. Definitely a make-again.